Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

 In "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish," the swashbuckling feline from the "Shrek" universe returns in all his dashing and charming glory, but also with his unbearably adorable side on full display. Antonio Banderas once again finds the perfect tone to explore both the suave and silly sides of the titular character, joined by a talented cast of supporting players including Salma Hayek Pinault, Florence Pugh, Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and John Mulaney.

Director Joel Crawford and co-director Januel Mercado's film offers a visually stunning experience, with vibrant colors and rich textures that are a delight to behold. While the anime influences are sometimes too prominent, especially during the action sequences, the film's eye-popping details and dramatic shadows make for a truly immersive experience.

The story kicks off with a debauched bacchanal featuring kegs filled with milk, but Puss must soon go on the run from the relentless and terrifying bounty hunter, The Big Bad Wolf. Faking his death, Puss seeks shelter at a cat refuge where he meets an unlikely ally, a scruffy Chihuahua named Perrito played with scene-stealing sweetness by Harvey Guillen. Together with his former rival and flame Kitty Softpaws, Puss embarks on a mission to find the mythical Wishing Star to restore his nine theaters 

While the script by Paul Fisher and Tommy Swerdlow follows a standard quest structure, the film manages to convey messages of selflessness and teamwork in a way that feels natural and engaging. The voice performances are stellar across the board, with Guillen's performance as Perrito emerging as a highlight. Despite some midsection sag, "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish" remains as spry and light on its feet as its titular feline. 

Although the film may be too intense for young viewers at times, Harvey Guillen's scene-stealing performance as the scrappy Chihuahua Perrito provides some of the film's most heartwarming moments. Overall, "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish" is a playful and enjoyable adventure that will appeal to audiences of all ages. You can catch it in theaters now.

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